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Jahaz Mahal, Mandav, Madhya Pradesh, India
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All days of the week
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

about jahaz mahal

A part of the Royal Complex, this lengthy and narrow palace reflecting in the waters feels like a ship at sea. The unique playful structure of the Jahaz Mahal matches the colourful life of its builder Ghiyas-ud-Din (1469-1500). The king, apparently not content with the bevy of 15,000 beauties in his seraglio, surrounded himself with “500 beautiful and young Turkish females in men’s clothes and an equal number of Abyssinian females, all in uniform and armed…” says historian Farishta.

With many pavilions and domes, the mahal is open and spacious. In a rare juxtaposition, the terrace has both round and conical domes. The place is also the site where Nur Jahan is said to have killed four tigers with six bullets in 1617. Jahaz Mahal hosted Jehangir on an evening when, according to the Emperor, “they lighted lanterns all round the tanks and buildings…. It appeared as if the whole surface of the tank was a plain of fire. A grand entertainment took place and the drunkards indulged themselves to excess!” The ASI has housed an Archaeological Museum in Taveli Mahal, in front of the Jahaz Mahal. Here you can see remnants of a rich past.

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Ranveer Singh Sisodia
Ranveer Singh Sisodia
Beautiful yet Fortified
Jun 18 2014
Standing between the two water reservoir on its each side and its stucture, gives a glimpse of a fortified ship, thus, getting the name - Jahaz Mahal. The most beautiful of the palaces in Madhya Pradesh provides the glimpse of history of Mandu. Being ...... read more